Meet the team
Meet the Speak With IT Team…
I’m James and I am the manager for Speak With IT and I have held various positions prior to arriving at SWIT, working for other charities, colleges and local housing agencies. In my spare time, when not pretending to be the children’s TV character Bob the Builder with my 4 year old son, I continue to strive to find the time to become the acclaimed novelist I will undoubtedly be in retirement. I live in Leeds with my family and have two cats, Bobby and Arlo.
Hi, my name is Caron Brookes and I’m the Project Admin for SWIT. My role covers the new Volunteers, Referees, DBS and Client documentation, all surveys, writing SWIT policies and anything else that can be squeezed in. I’ve previously worked as a croupier, Senior ITIL Service Delivery Manager for Royal Mail, and Office Manager/Administrator for a housing association and a homeless charity for young people. I’m been married for 35 years to Mark and have two adult sons, Darren and Jamie. I also have two dogs and walk them at least twice daily. Alfie is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and Ted is a Cavapoo. I try to have a run every other day and powerhoop in the vain hope of keeping fit, healthy and slim. I’m learning calligraphy, and my tutor has decided we need to create a journal and do watercolours!!! Yikes!! I’m an avid and constant kindle reader of pretty much anything. I’ve also just moved house so there’s loads to do there which keeps me busy.
Hi, my name is Hattie and I’m the Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator for the charity and probably one of the first faces you’ll meet – just watch out for the red hair! I came to Speak With IT out of the University of Sheffield where I studied English Literature and volunteered with the Sheffield Feminist Archive: where I am still Secretary. I live in Leeds with my flatmate and like any young person I enjoy seeing new places, meeting new people (and their dogs) and the pub. In my spare time I am also training with Leeds Roller Derby, where I learn to roller skate (badly) and practise falling over (with great skill). You’ll most likely meet me at first appointment as a new client or at volunteer training as a new recruit.